The exhibition “Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting,” which opens Wednesday at the Institute of East Asian Studies in Berkeley, California, is a departure in many respects for this research institution. “We are not a professional museum, and our primary criteria for exhibits is not aesthetic—though of course this is a factor,” said Caverlee Cary, the institute’s assistant director for program planning. “Our primary goal is educational. We saw this exhibit as an opportunity to both show traditional Buddhist scenes and less seen images.”